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Mbalula wants results soon

2011-11-04 14:02

Johannesburg - An inquiry into the financial affairs of Cricket SA should get underway as soon as Saturday, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said.

The process should be completed "as quickly as possible", he told reporters in Johannesburg on Friday.

"The committee will meet every day for the next month. They will work day and night to conclude this particular matter. As I said before, I want this done by Christmas."

Mbalula was speaking after announcing that KwaZulu-Natal High Court Judge Chris Nicholson would chair an inquiry

The other two members are senior government officials from the National Treasury - accountant general Freeman Nomvalo and chief director Zoliswa Zwakala.

Mbalula was flanked by Deputy Sport Minister Gert Oosthuizen and Sport and Recreation SA (SRSA) director general Alec Moemi as he the announcement.

He said: "We are not interfering with anybody's business and we are not disbanding anyone. We need to get to the bottom of this matter, and if there are internal politics, they must tell us.

"This is an open matter. We can't leave this matter unattended to when so many people love cricket."

Nicholson is the judge who dismissed corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in 2008.

Last month, Mbalula said he would appoint a committee to investigate a report submitted by auditing firm KPMG on the financial affairs of CSA.

Asked if the full KPMG report would be released to the public, Mbalula replied: "It is freely available. If you want it, you can get it."

He was also asked to comment on rumours that CSA chief executive Gerald Majola tried to make a deal with the sports ministry by resigning.

"There is no deal," said Mbalula.

"The fact is that we met with Gerald, like we would meet with anyone, like we met with [former CSA president Mtutuzeli] Nyoka, so he could explain his side of the story, and so we could explain to him how we got to this point.

"As for a deal - there was no deal."

The audit recommended that CSA's remuneration and travel allowance policy be reviewed after it found a reported non-disclosure of bonus payments to CSA employees.

This was contrary to the requirements of the Companies Act.

The minister said if the process cleared the names of CSA staff said to be involved "then we must all accept this".

"If there is corruption, let's deal with and put it in its place."

Last month, Cricket SA's board axed Nyoka, who has been leading a long battle to get to the bottom of what he termed "disturbing signs of corruption" in the organisation.

According to the KPMG report, Majola paid himself R1.8-million from a bonuses package totalling R4.7-million.

The bonuses were paid from money Cricket SA received for successfully hosting the Indian Premier League and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2009.

KMPG found the R4.7-million was kept secret from Cricket SA's remuneration committee.

SAPA

Comments
  • Johan - 2011-11-04 14:25

    ......"ANC-corruption" filtering through to every aspects of life in this banana-land..... ....Africa style....

      Marconism - 2011-11-04 15:09

      ANC is an organisation so that makes it incorruptible,it is the few individuals within the ANC that are corrupt,was the Apartheid government not corrupt/commit acts of terror amongst our African brothers and sisters?

      Thopa - 2011-11-04 15:52

      Banana republic? hhahahahhaa, are you referring to the country with the best revenue system in the world? Comrade our SARS is world class! Host of the most profitable Soccer W/C in history, Former World Champions in rugby. The home of world icons like Mandela & Tutu, the country that boast the best Speed Train in the world, Really Johan? How abt i add that your icon E.T is Dead. tltltltltltl

  • Thulebona - 2011-11-04 14:28

    "Mbalula wants results soon" When I first saw the headline I thought this story was about a paternity test...

      Thopa - 2011-11-04 14:38

      when i first read your reply i thought you were a card carrying member of the AWB.

      Nyiks11 - 2011-11-04 14:43

      Thopa , what a classic reply dude

      Johan - 2011-11-04 14:58

      ..his wife must divorce him... ...a "cheating" Minister...! ....and he should be fired... ...sies...!!!!

      Hertzel - 2011-11-04 15:38

      u could be rite..as he was previously an Police Executive...his motto is to " shoot first ' and ask questions later............................

      Gordon - 2011-11-05 05:46

      I thought he was going to" MOER HULLE",they better tell the truth otherwise they are in big trouble!

  • Peter - 2011-11-04 14:38

    Mbalula should have resigned from his post as Minister, can't we learn from other nations.

      Marconism - 2011-11-04 15:04

      why should he resign?how many people are cheating(you included),being a minister does not mean you are jesus,even jesus had mistakes.

      Peter - 2011-11-04 15:27

      Typical!!!

      Shoe - 2011-11-04 15:28

      Resign???? What are you talking about. He would never resign to save his mother's life. His wife is not going to divorce him either. You saw how they went ahead with the stupid birthday party like it was a funeral....pun not intended.

  • Shoe - 2011-11-04 15:04

    When I saw the headline, I was sure the result Mbalula wanted soon(est) were the pregnancy tests results. My bad:)

  • Jay - 2011-11-04 15:08

    we will also require DNA results when your child is born, please lets have them on the first Saturday after the baby is born LOLOLOLOL....CSA is now sponsored by sunfoil oil..they are so slippery that u wont get any results..

      Thopa - 2011-11-04 15:57

      Jay Why don't u go back to India and enjoy some Curry? Just asking buddy....

  • Caleb - 2011-11-04 16:12

    A present from CSA to the public for Christmas

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